Month: December 2008

A Bird of Different Sort: Watercolor Rooster


This is an older painting from several months ago that was never posted. He’s actually the first bird of the sort that I’ve been doing lately. I was so pleased with him; it gave me the push to try the other birds.

He’s a little larger than 5 x 7 and painted only with Quinacridone Gold, Indigo, and Quinacridone Red. The green in the tail is from the Quin. Gold and Indigo mixed – I love that color every time it appears!

His face is sharpened with a touch of Prismacolor colored pencil that looks like Tuscan Red and Goldenrod. I didn’t write them down and don’t remember now which ones they were.

I hope you like him – he was a first of a kind!

Western Red Tailed Hawk Drawing – Colored Pencil on Dark Paper

I enjoyed drawing the hawk in the earlier post so much, I thought I’d try again. Here’s a 5 x 7 Western Red Tailed Hawk drawn on Mi Tientes paper with Prismacolor pencils. Again I used a minimal palette of Indigo Blue, Dark Umber, Light Umber, Goldenrod, White and a touch of Black. I don’t know the color name of the paper, but it is very dark and cool toned.
In hindsight, I would have done this differently. This color is incredibly hard to see to draw! My initial sketch lines – which are usually very light as is my habit – were nearly invisible. Also, the colors I chose harmonize well with the subject and the paper, but seem to lack sparkle.
There’s some of this paper left and next time, I’ll try a white bird for that lift it seems to need. Either way, I’m still pleased with how the hawk turned out, especially the expression, and it was really fun to do.
I’m still experimenting with watercolor toned grounds, but it looks like an art supply order for more colored paper is in the making!